Security Engineering - The Book

`If you're even thinking of doing any security engineering, you need to read this book'
Bruce Schneier

`Even after two years on the shelf, Security Engineering remains the most important security text published in the last several years'
Information security Magazine

Wiley has finally agreed to let me put my book online! You can now download it by chapters:

The foreword, preface and other front matter

  1. What is Security Engineering?
  2. Protocols
  3. Passwords
  4. Access Control
  5. Cryptography
  6. Distributed Systems
  7. Multilevel Security
  8. Multilateral Security
  9. Banking and Bookkeeping
  10. Monitoring Systems
  11. Nuclear Command and Control
  12. Security Printing and Seals
  13. Biometrics
  14. Physical Tamper Resistance
  15. Emission Security
  16. Electronic and Information Warfare
  17. Telecom System Security
  18. Network Attack and Defense
  19. Protecting E-Commerce Systems
  20. Copyright and Privacy Protection
  21. E-Policy
  22. Management Issues
  23. System Evaluation and Assurance
  24. Conclusions
  25. Bibliography

audiobook - following enquiries from blind students, Jose C. Lacal has contributed these MP3 files so you can listen to the book's chapters on your favorite MP3 player. So far we have the preface, chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 6, and chapter 7.

My goal in making the book freely available is twofold. First, I want to reach the widest possible audience, especially among poor students. Second, I am a pragmatic libertarian on free culture and free software issues; I think that many publishers (especially of music and software) are too defensive of copyright. I don't expect to lose money by making this book available for free: more people will read it, and those of you who find it useful will hopefully buy a copy. After all, a proper book is half the size and weight of 300-odd sheets of laser-printed paper in a ring binder. (My colleague David MacKay found that putting his book on coding theory online actually helped its sales. Book publishers are getting the message faster than the music or software folks.)

If you've already bought my book, you should look occasionally at the errata. There is a top-level errata page here, and additional, more detailed, pages of errata and new material for part 1, part 2, and part 3. I will update these from time to time. The errata have been applied to the online print files. These web pages also have some extra material.

Where to buy a paper copy

See our blog for comments. There are also some reviews, and the book has been translated into Japanese and Chinese.

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